I am an Atheist and I live in Australia.

Like many rational thinking people, I have been concerned with the apparent rise of religion’s influence on politics and policies, not only here in Australia, but also in many other countries. America in particular.

Like a lot of others, I have jumped on the recent bandwagon of speaking out about atheism. Whilst I have been an atheist for many years (see “Where I Come From” below) it is only recently that various TV shows (“The Root of All Evil?”) and books (“The God Delusion” “God is NOT Great”) have sparked my interest in being vocal about it.

As many other people have said ‘organising atheists is like herding cats’. This may be true, but if more atheists are outspoken then, whilst we might be disorganised, at least there will be a lot of us.

Has anyone ever been in a room with a lot of cats in it? They may appear chaotic or disinterested but you certainly can’t avoid knowing they are there!

There are a few campaigns trying to get people to be more open about their atheism such as Richard Dawkin’s ‘Out Campaign’ and ‘The Bright’s’ movement. Hopefully this will add to those.

Where I come from

I was born in England into a Church of England family. As a young child our family emigrated to Australia and we joined the local Baptist church. I remember going to church on Sundays and going to the Sunday School. During my early teens I rebelled against everything (as most teenagers do) including going to church. However I eventually went back to the church and even got baptised! As an older teen I got quite into it, attending bible classes, going to Billy Graham concerts, bible bashing on the street corner, door knocking (way before I’d ever heard of the Mormons) etc.

Then I left home to start work (had to move interstate) and all that religious stuff went out the window. Though I had already started to have doubts, mostly because of the bible study. The more I studied the bible the more questions I had that couldn’t be answered. After several years I counted myself as not-religious, but I was still putting Baptist on forms. I even got married in a Baptist church.

For many years I had no interest in religion of any sort but didn’t actually identify as an atheist. Thankfully the ABC showed “The Root of all Evil?” and shortly after I bought, and read the book (“The God Delusion” by Richard Dawkins). I have since read several other books, and hope to purchase a few more soon.

update – it seems I can’t post links to Amazon etc, so I’ll just list them in the sidebar .

I now fully identify as an atheist and wonder why I never did years ago (it is hard to break free from years of indoctrination). I have read / still read many of the atheist sites on the net to get useful information, and some of these are in my blogroll.

I like the Bright’s description:

a naturalistic worldview free of supernatural and mystical elements

What’s Next?

I’ll keep updating this ‘About’ page as I remember details and get the time to do the editing. Meanwhile feel free to read my blogs and make comments.

Update 18 September 2007

OK, it seems like there’s two of us.

Over on YouTube there is another ozatheist, he also has a MySpace account, please note that this is NOT me. I Don’t have either a youtube or myspace account, and until I get broadband (about as likely as hell freezing over – thanks for nothing Telstra) I probably won’t bother getting one.

Update 20 September 2007

Make that three of us.

I went to post a comment on a blogger.com site and found I needed a Google and/or Blogger account, so I went to set one up. However, when I tried to use the URL ozatheist I found that name was already in use. So I used this one instead ozatheitsweblog.

Note on Copyright

Occasionally I will copy small sections of other peoples writings and post them on my blog. I will always try and place a link back to the original document and note the author. I will also attempt to make sure nothing is taken out of context or make the author appear to be stating something they didn’t.

I hope all authors will take my copying to be within ‘fair use’, however if you see something on my blog for which you are the original author and would like me to remove, please let me know.

Note on Comments

To post comments you have to enter a name and email address, this is done in order to reduce the number of spammers I might receive. However, feel free to useĀ a fake name and email address. The first post from a particular email address has to be moderated by me, which may sometimes take a day or two (hey, I have to work sometimes, and I do have a life). However, if you use the same name and email address, subsequent comments will be automatically posted.

 

Add to Technorati Favorites

19 Comments to “About Me and this Blog”

  1. Bruce says:

    I have a blog entry on how to put your amazon wish list on wordpress ;-)

    http://thinkerspodium.wordpres.....talkercom/

  2. John Ballard says:

    The links to your two stories at http://www.ozatheist.org/ don’t function.

  3. Bronwyn Thompson says:

    I would just like to let you know about an Australian website that is dedicated to exposing the agenda of the religious Right in Australia:

    http://www.unbelief.org

  4. ozatheist says:

    Thanks Bronwyn, I have that site in my Bookmarks.

  5. Evangeline says:

    You have a very interesting blog and I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    I am not an aethist myself, I do believe in a higher power or ‘God’ if you like. But I can fully understand why people are aethist. There is just so much wrong with many relgions today. Or maybe it’s not actually the core messages of the religions but the way people use and abuse them…I understand your concern with the rise of religion in politics, and what is happening in the US is very disturbing I think. If it continues it will not take the country forward, but backwards. Some religions preach and say they practice compassion and freedom…but only if you agree with them. The world might actually be better off if the majority were aethist, and no I don’t believe society would crumble as a result. Society only works if we work together, thus there would still be moral codes and ethics, just as there were before Christianity (for example).

  6. Whit says:

    Stumbled upon your blog, and its pretty interesting (but Im a theist). I’m an evolutionary biologist, I think you may find my youtube channel helpful in your debates (http://www.youtube.com/user/DonExodus2).

    Check out my vids- especially the ones regarding creationist dishonest, as well as transitional fossils / proof of evolution.

    Regards,
    Whit

    Err- here are some direct links for you-

    Creationst Dishonesty- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....playnext=1

    Proof of Evolution- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....playnext=1

    Transitional Fossils- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....playnext=1

  7. max wallace says:

    Hi there

    you may want to add my recently published book, The Purple Economy, to your list. See website above. Also, we’re organising a conference ‘Secular Twins: Australia and New Zealand’s Secular Heritage and Its Future’ to be held in the Theatrette of the NSW Parliament on 9 July 2008.

    regards

    Max

  8. ozatheist says:

    Thx Max

    As if I don’t have enough to read already. I’ve still got 5 books yet to read from the current list!

    The conference sounds interesting, I’ll post a blog promoting it once there are more details.

  9. AV says:

    Max:

    Will there be audio of the conference available?

  10. L. Ron Brown says:

    Oz:

    Hey, pal. Just writing to see if I could trouble you for a link on the just-posted CarnivUL of The fraudless. It was a pretty big undertaking and so I really want it to get read rather than immediately diving into obscurity.

    http://theframeproblem.wordpre.....-the-cult/

    Any linkage would be much appreciated.

    Best,
    Ron

  11. Hal Rogers says:

    Ron,

    I found your website/blogs in the process of searching for this great picture of a kitten sleeping on a keyboard. On your other site it was here: http://www.ozatheist.org/images/cat_laptop.jpg

    I’d appreciate the fullsize image, my wife loves cats, and she saw a smaller rendition of the image but the quality suffered (too few pixels).

    In the meantime, I read some of your posts, and go back and forth on whether science or philosophy is more influential on belief systems. Many people can compartmentalize views (like those against air pollution taking a puff on a cigarette between paragraphs) or those against tree cutting while they plan their energy efficient log home in the woods.

    Anyway, I lean toward science, but a lot of theories in science require faith, where religion has a lot of problems that are not supported by science, which itself is heavily dependent on faith. It’s a moibus strip with perhaps only one side. Today it’s science, but the more we learn the more we realize we don’t know, so science fails to fully explain what we can observe in nature and in the universe, but it seems more logical even to those who may not fully understand the science involved in explaining the unprovable beliefs in religions.

    Anyway, aside from all that, back to something more mundane — how about that kitty on the keyboard, do you still have it and can you send it to me?

    Thanks

    Hank, Orange County, CA (USA and someone who dreams about coming to Australia for vacation one of these days).

  12. You write sincerely and thats what matters in the end.. take care..
    We might just meet in heaven for all you know..

    A shia muslim

  13. Jimmy says:

    Another lifelong athiest here and living in Australia, your blog has some interesting contributions. My concern is about the recent so called “World Youth Day” in Sydney, why did taxpayers have fund this Catholic recruitment crusade to the tune of $90 million give or take 10 mil? George Pell (the highest ranking catholic in Australia) should be required to answer to the non catholic taxpayers where did the cash go!
    Will the government consider funding Athiest day, I won’t hold my breath on that one.
    As for religion generally Pat Condell is correct it’s a mental illness, just because a billion people might believe in some invisible thing, that doesn’t make it real.
    Whatever happened to separation of church and state?
    PS nice shot of Cronulla at the top of the page I lived there many years ago..

  14. ozatheist says:

    Welcome Jimmy, thanks for reminding me about the government funding – see the post dated 5 Oct about funding to the Gay Mardi Gras.
    There is no separation of church and state in Australia, a post on this is in the works.

  15. novparl says:

    So you’re a fellow Pom? Where from, mate? Anywhere near saaf London?

  16. ozatheist says:

    No, I was a scouse git. Born just outside Liverpool then raised in Liverpool until emigration to Australia

  17. Zeno says:

    I love your work here! Check out our cute little Anti-Christian (slightly) Offensive (to sum) T-Shirt Biz and get a free shirt to wear to Xmas dinner.

    Zeno
    http://www.obscenitease.com

  18. JesusfreakMT says:

    Sad website…. don’t even know how i blundered on here…… maybe just to let you know that God loves you and sent His only son to die for you….. yes you….. you were on His mind as Jesus hung on the cross to die. I believe in freedom of speech so don’t take this is a sarcatic comment….. i truly love everyone and hope that you can feel Gods love for you someday and have Him touch you as powerfully as He has touched me. Be blessed my friend……

Leave a Reply

You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>